Mitch Holthus

Mitchell G. "Mitch" Holthus (/ˈhoʊlθəs/; born June 28, 1957[1]), is the play-by-play announcer for the Kansas City Chiefs and a college basketball announcer for ESPN. Additionally, he hosts "Chiefs Insider". He also hosts "Chiefs Live" on, with Kendall Gammon.

Mitch Holthus
Mitch Holtus
Holthus at a Chiefs mini camp practice
BornJune 28, 1957 (age 61)
EducationB.A. in Business administration, Kansas State University
Spouse(s)Tami Johnson

Personal life

Holthus is a native of Smith Center, Kansas,[2] where he was a multi-sport athlete in high school. During those years he began his first tentative steps toward a radio career by announcing at his school games.[3] After graduation, Holthus graduated with a Bachelors in Journalism from Kansas State University (1979) and a business administration degree (1980).[4] He is married to the former Tami Johnson of McPherson, Kansas, a former Kansas State women's basketball player.[5] They have two children, Brian and Hayley. Holthus often sends a radio "shout out" to the Roxbury Fan Club, a greeting to members of his family that live near Roxbury, Kansas.[4]

Broadcast career

In 1983 Mitch Holthus replaced Steve Physioc as the radio voice of the Kansas State Wildcats, broadcasting the schools' football and basketball games until 1996. Holthus was a finalist for broadcasting jobs with several NFL teams in the early 1990s, including the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, and Atlanta Falcons[3] Holthus has been with the Chiefs Radio Network since 1994, when he took over for Kevin Harlan, making him the longest-tenured play-by-play announcer in Chiefs history. He is best known perhaps for his drawn-out, exuberant "Touchdown, KAN-SAS CITY!" whenever the Chiefs reach the end zone.[3] In addition to his radio work, Holthus hosts "Minute With Mitch" and "Chiefs Insider" on select stations in the Chiefs television network. In addition to his work with the Kansas City Chiefs, Holthus is an announcer for Big 12 Conference and Missouri Valley Conference basketball games on regional television, as well as calling some college basketball games for ESPN-U. Holthus is a past President of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and serves on its board of directors.[4]



  • 8-time Kansas Sportscaster of the Year
  • 9-time winner Kansas Broadcasters Association best play-by-play sportscast.
  • 1996 "Hod Humiston Award of Excellence" in Kansas Sportscasting.
  • 2007 awarded the "John Sanders Spirit of the Valley" by the Missouri Valley Conference.


  1. ^ "Mitchell G Holthus United States Public Records, 1970-2009". Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  2. ^ Mitch Holthus biography Archived March 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c "Chiefs Insider" program, 11/14/10
  4. ^ a b c d Holthus Information
  5. ^, Mark DeLap. "The voice of Kansas City coming to Sioux Center". The N'West Iowa REVIEW. Retrieved 2018-11-12.

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2006 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 2006 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 47th season, their 44th in Kansas City, and 37th in the National Football League.

The season began with the team looking to improve on their 10–6 record from 2005 under new head coach Herman Edwards.

The team battled many obstacles during the 2006 season, including the loss of starting quarterback Trent Green in the first game, the readjustment of a record-breaking offense, and the death of owner and founder Lamar Hunt. Despite the obstacles, the team gained momentum after rebounding from an 0–2 start, clinching the sixth seed in the 2006-07 playoffs with a 9–7 record. The team finished second in the AFC West with a 4–2 divisional record.

The Chiefs entered week 17 of the season a long shot to make the playoffs, needing a win and a loss from the Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, and Tennessee Titans. In an unlikely clinching scenario, the Chiefs defeated the Jaguars 35–30, the Bengals lost to the Steelers 23–17, the Titans lost to the Patriots 40–23, and the Broncos lost to the 49ers 26–23 in overtime, allowing the Chiefs to clinch their first playoff berth since the 2003 season. The Chiefs lost in the Wild Card round of the playoffs 8–23 to their playoff rival and eventual Super Bowl champions, the Indianapolis Colts.

2006 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 2006 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season, the 112th season of Sooner football. The team was led by two-time Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award winner, Bob Stoops, in his eighth season as head coach. They played their homes games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. They were a charter member of the Big 12 Conference.

The season began on a bad note when starting quarterback Rhett Bomar and offensive lineman J.D. Quinn were kicked off the team for violating NCAA rules when they received payment for work they did not do the day before fall practice started. Paul Thompson, who had not practiced in the quarterback role for nearly a year, was asked to move back to quarterback, which he did.

Conference play began with a loss to the Texas Longhorns in the annual Red River Rivalry on October 7, and ended with a win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Big 12 Championship Game on December 2. The Sooners finished the regular season with an 11–2 record (7–1 in Big 12) while winning their fourth Big 12 title and their 40th conference title overall. They received an automatic berth to the Fiesta Bowl, where they were upset by the Boise State Broncos, 42–43, in what many consider to be one of the greatest bowl games of all time.Following the season, Adrian Peterson was selected seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, Rufus Alexander was chosen in the 6th round, and C. J. Ah You was drafted in the 7th.

2015–16 BYU Cougars men's basketball team

The 2015–16 BYU Cougars men's basketball team represents Brigham Young University in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It is head coach Dave Rose's eleventh season at BYU and the Cougars fifth season in the West Coast Conference. The Cougars once again play their home games at the Marriott Center.

Wins vacated due to booster scandal

A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers distinguished programs of instruction and research leading to the bachelor and master's degrees in mass communications at Kansas State University. Undergraduates can pursue a science or arts degree in one of two sequences: Journalism and Digital Media and Strategic Communications. Emphases include drone journalism, news broadcasting, graphics production, public relations, and advertising. The Miller School teaches drone photography and video in partnership with the K-State Polytechnic Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight and Operations program. The School collaborates in the Kansas State interdisciplinary doctoral degree program in leadership communication with departments of Communication Studies, Leadership Studies, Communications and Agricultural Education, and the Institute of Civic Discourse and Democracy.

Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the School has more than 6,000 living alumni, nearly 500 undergraduate majors, 100 minors, 25 graduate students, and 30 members of faculty and staff. Its operating budget 2018-19 is more than $2 million, with 57 students receiving School scholarships totaling $152,000.

The School houses the headquarters of the Journalism Education Association (JEA), the largest national organization of scholastic journalism. It houses three endowed chairs or centers: the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media, R.M. Seaton Chair in Professional Journalism, and Ross Beach Chair in Mass Communications.

Big 12 Network

The Big 12 Network (stylized as the Big XII Network) was a syndicated package featuring live broadcasts of College basketball events from the Big 12 Conference that was broadcast under that branding from 2008 until 2014. It was owned and operated by ESPN Plus, the syndication arm of ESPN, Inc., and was mainly shown in areas in the Big 12’s geographical footprint, along with other areas of the United States. Games were shown locally on broadcast stations, regional sports networks, as well as on ESPN Full Court, and WatchESPN.

College Basketball Invitational

The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is a men's college basketball tournament created in 2007 by The Gazelle Group. The inaugural tournament occurred after the conclusion of the 2007–08 men's college basketball regular season. The CBI selects 16 teams that are not selected for the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), and who are willing to pay a $50,000 entry fee to participate. In the CBI, teams compete on home courts. The CBI is a single-elimination tournament until the final two teams are determined, after which the championship is determined by a championship series with a best-two-out-of-three format.

ESPNU College Basketball

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ESPN Events

ESPN Events is an American sporting event promoter owned by ESPN Inc. It is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and shares its operations with SEC Network and formerly with ESPNU. The corporation organizes sporting events for broadcast across the ESPN family of networks, including, most prominently, a group of college football bowl games and in-season college basketball tournaments.

ESPN Events previously operated primarily as a syndicator of college sports broadcasts; the company was founded as Creative Sports, a sports programming syndicator that merged with Don Ohlmeyer's OCC Sports in 1996. After ESPN purchased the merged company, the division was renamed ESPN Regional Television (ERT), which distributed telecasts for syndication on broadcast stations and regional sports networks; these telecasts were also available on the ESPN GamePlan and ESPN Full Court out-of-market sports packages. Most of ERT's broadcasts were presented under the on-air branding ESPN Plus, but this name was later phased out in favor of dedicated on-air brands for each package, such as SEC Network (not to be confused with the current SEC Network cable channel).

Following its acquisition of the Las Vegas Bowl in 2001, ERT began to double as an organizer of sporting events. The subdivision, which later began to operate under the name ESPN Events, would acquire and establish other bowl games to provide additional post-season opportunities for bowl-eligible teams (and in turn, additional content for ESPN's networks). ESPN Events also organizes several pre-season tournaments in college basketball, as well as the season-opening Camping World Kickoff and Texas Kickoff football games.ESPN Regional Television began to wind down its syndication operations in the 2010s, as the proliferation of competing outlets (including other sports channels, conference-specific networks such as ESPN's own SEC Network, as well as digital services such as ESPN's own ESPN3 and WatchESPN platforms) took over most of the conference rights and overflow formerly held by the company.


KSDB FM is Kansas State University's campus radio station. A non-commercial radio station located in Manhattan, Kansas, broadcasting on 91.9 MHz on the FM dial, KSDB is staffed by about 100 student volunteers who gain valuable experience in all areas of radio broadcasting. It plays alternative/independent rock, hip hop, and jazz and is under the jurisdiction of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The station has been broadcasting on the FM band since spring of 1950, and from its current location in the K-State Student Union since 2002. Previously, the station broadcast on the campus carrier current AM system, and had studios located in Nichols Gymnasium. When Nichols burned down in 1968, KSDB operated from temporary locations until McCain Auditorium was completed. The station still maintains studios and offices there.

Live requests can be made by calling (785) 532-0919.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The team was founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans by businessman Lamar Hunt and was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). (They are not associated with the NFL Dallas Texans.) In 1963, the team relocated to Kansas City and assumed their current name. The Chiefs joined the NFL as a result of the merger in 1970. The team is valued at over $2 billion. Hunt's son, Clark, serves as chairman and CEO. While Hunt's ownership stakes passed collectively to his widow and children after his death in 2006, Clark represents the Chiefs at all league meetings and has ultimate authority on personnel changes.

The Chiefs have won three AFL championships, in 1962, 1966, and 1969. They became the second AFL team (after the New York Jets) to defeat an NFL team in an AFL–NFL World Championship Game, when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. The team's victory on January 11, 1970, remains the club's last championship game victory and appearance to date, and occurred in the final such competition prior to the leagues' merger coming into full effect. The Chiefs were also the second team, after the Green Bay Packers, to appear in more than one Super Bowl (and the first AFL team to do so) and the first to appear in the championship game in two different decades. Despite post-season success early in the franchise's history, winning five of their first six postseason games, the team has struggled to find success in the playoffs since. As of the conclusion of the 2018–19 playoffs, they have lost 12 of their last 14 playoff games, including eight straight, at the time the longest playoff losing streak in NFL history. The playoff losing streak stretched from the 1993-94 AFC Championship game to the 2013-14 Divisional Round. The only playoffs wins over the last 14 playoff games were a 30–0 win over the Texans in the 2015–16 playoffs and a 31–13 over the Colts in the 2018–19 playoffs.

Len Dawson

Leonard Ray Dawson (born June 20, 1935) is a former American football quarterback and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played 19 seasons for three professional teams, the last 14 seasons with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs, and played college football at Purdue University.

Dawson led the Texans/Chiefs to three American Football League Championships (1962, 1966, 1969), and a victory in Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings, for which he won the game's MVP award. Dawson retired from professional football after the 1975 season, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. He is former sports director at KMBC-TV in Kansas City and former color analyst for the Chiefs Radio Network. Dawson owned the Chiefs single season passing touchdown record which he set in 1964 with 30 touchdowns. The record stood until November 11, 2018 when Patrick Mahomes threw his 31st touchdown of the 2018 season.

List of ESPN College Basketball personalities

The following is a list of ESPN College Basketball personalities, as appearing in games broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. Keep in mind these are only weekly regular season pairings for college basketball.

List of Kansas State University people

The following is a list of notable people associated with Kansas State University, whose main campus is located in the American city of Manhattan, Kansas.

List of NFL nicknames

The following are nicknames throughout the history of the National Football League (NFL).

List of current National Football League broadcasters

This is a list of current (entering the 2019 season) NFL broadcasters, including those for each individual team as well as those that have national rights. Unlike the other three major professional sports leagues in the U.S. (Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL), all regular-season and post-season games are shown on American television on one of five national networks. Pre-season games are still televised by regional/local broadcasters which selected preseason games will be simulcast on NFL Network.

Smith Center, Kansas

Smith Center is a city in and the county seat of Smith County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,665.

Steve Physioc

Steve Physioc (; born December 28, 1954) is an American sportscaster who has called play-by-play for various baseball, basketball, and football teams.


WIBW (580 AM) is a Topeka, Kansas-area news, talk, and sports radio station. It is currently owned by Alpha Media, which began September 1, 2015, and was previously owned by Morris Communications.

WIBW transmits 5,000 watts around the clock. The signal is non-directional during daylight hours, and directional at night. Its two-tower night pattern pushes the signal broadly to the west and central Kansas, somewhat away from the Kansas City area, though it still delivers a secondary signal there. Due to WIBW's location at the bottom of the AM dial, plus Kansas' flat terrain and excellent ground conductivity, WIBW boasts one of the largest daytime coverage areas in the country. During the day it easily covers most of the Kansas City metropolitan area and provides at least a grade B signal to most of the eastern half of Kansas and west to Wichita, Salina and Hays. With a good radio, it can be heard as far north as Omaha and Lincoln, as far south as Tulsa and as far west as Dodge City. In sum, the station's full daytime coverage area includes most of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma, even touching edges of Texas, South Dakota, Illinois and Arkansas.

Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (59)

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